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 God's Amnesty Program.
 

Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed [within his own mind].
Then when lust has conceived [in the mind], it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished,
it brings forth death.
(James 1 verse 14 thru 15.)

Once again, we can hear Paul's lamenting cry: "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?".  Paul recognizes that in his flesh of self centered humanity, that only death is written in the corruption of his own flesh.  But, the only God of the living has good news for all of mankind who will hear and respond to the Gospel of Salvation.  The Just and Righteous Lord God Almighty, has set aside the first Man's rebellion that brought corruption to all of mankind; for He has accepted in total satisfaction for the sins of humanity, the absolute Love, and total obedience of the Last Man/Adam, Jesus Christ.  Now since, by Man [Adam] came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as IN Adam all die, even so IN Christ shall all be made alive. (1st Corinthians 15 verse 21 thru 22.) (See Chagigah Presentation Offering.)

Paul, seeing with the eyes of understanding, knows that the full sentence of self serving sin, with its just punishment of death, has been paid for by the Incarnate Holy Son of God, the sinless Man Jesus Christ and with His sacrificial death on the cross.  Now, through the surety of Jesus Christ's resurrection from that death, we hear Paul rejoicing: "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, on the one hand, I myself with my mind, I am serving the Law of God, but on the other [hand], with my flesh the Law of sin"There is therefore now no condemnation to those which are IN Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  Now with the birth of a repentant soul into a new creation, the nature of the self rule of lawless sin, innate to the flesh of man, is being abrogated, and the heart of the mind is being regenerated into the Life of Christ through the leading of God's Holy Spirit of Grace.  

Yes, it is true that through God's unmerited Grace from His Spirit of Grace, we can be born anew by receiving God's Gift of Salvation Life, born of the same Faith of Jesus Christ.  The only Almighty God enables all who come to Him, through their faith in His Son Jesus Christ, to rejoice likewise with Paul.  For God Almighty has extended amnesty, to all those who enter into that free justification, through their repentance from sin, and their confession of faith in Christ Jesus.  That person who expresses their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of the righteous Son of Man, Jesus the Christ of God, is completely exonerated from past wrongful deeds, and are now justified in their expressed faith, in the Holy One, Who died for them.  All the past deeds of the confessing sinner have past away in the death of Christ Jesus, and behold all things are made new in Christ's resurrection. (See Romans 3 verse  23 thru 26.)  The first Adam/Man was created innocent of any wrong doing, but in his treasonous rebellion to his Maker, he submerged all of mankind into the grave of death.  But now the Last Adam/Man, Jesus Christ, in His Perfect Love and Obedience to His Father God Almighty over came the death of Adam, and all who believe in Jesus/Yeshua have been newly born, with a new start into the Life of Jesus Christ.  Even the thief on the cross, apart from water baptism, was given amnesty and freely justified by Christ with his verbal expression of faith in the Lord, for the thief believed that the crucified Christ Jesus would indeed reign in His righteous Kingdom. (See Luke 23 verse 39 thru 43.) 

God is not the author of confusion, but of the Spirit of Truth and Peace. (1st Corinthians 14 verse 33.)  However, Satan has entangled finite man into his web of confusion that imprisons the mind of flesh of our humanity into our own self idolatrous importance.  Even the theologians are grappling with the meaning of God's justification of the person who answers God's call to repent, with a return to God.  Now, if we answer the call of God, and turn away from the lethal direction of sin and death, and fully turn toward God, then we are in repentance and should remain subjects of the Word of God.  For the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2nd Peter 3 verse 9.) With a person's repentance and renewing faith in the Righteous Life and Resurrection of the Son of Man, Christ Jesus, then the Infinite God, Who dwells in eternity, will remit the sins of the past, and justify the person that is given new birth by the Holy Spirit of God Who unites us WITH IN the sinless Body of His resurrected Son Christ Jesus. (See Holy Spirit of Truth.)

The first Adam committed high treason, when he broke faith and trust in the Words of his Creator God, and thereby brought the sting of sin and death, into the bodies, minds and souls of all of his offspring of humanity.  But the second Adam, Jesus the Christ of God, was Elohim's Promised One, Whose Righteous Word was conceived by the Spirit of His Father Yahweh God, into the ovum/seed of a faithful virgin woman of Israel, becoming the Son of Man, and God with us.  Jesus Christ, the Word of God, came into this world as the True Unleavened Bread of Heaven to become the Son of Man/Adam, and would, with the perfection of His Love and trusting obedience, do all that is according to the Will of His Father God. (See Matthew 26 verse 39.) What the natural man could not do in his fallen flesh, that is save himself from sin's death, Holy God did the impossible, with the Person of the Last Adam, Jesus Christ.  The Lord Jesus, as the Son of Man, with the Perfection of His Love and Obedience to His Holy Father God Almighty, even to that of His cruel death on the cross, gave the possibility of a new birth to the souls of the dead of humanity, who would come to express a trusting faith in Holy God's New Covenant of Life that is in God's resurrected and Beloved Son.  God's New Covenant of Faith, is established forever in the Sacrificial Life Blood of Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit of God, breathes the Life of His beloved Son, into the repentant souls of the living dead, giving them new birth into the Way of the Truth that leads into the Life of Faith in the Word of Yahweh God the Almighty. 

We are presenting a slightly different, but nevertheless an intrinsic biblical perspective, that may help to clear up our rhetorical records of division on this subject of God's justification of sinners.  We have come to a simple premise that God has provided in His Spirit of Grace, an Amnesty Program for all the rebellious, for all of the outlaws, and all of the unfaithful sinners of humanity, so that they may all come to the Creator of Life, by accepting God's Word and conditions of abundant pardon, or more specifically amnesty, thereby gaining an entrance into the Kingdom of God's Love, with His Righteousness and Promise.  This amnesty program, is called the Gospel, or the Good News of God's Salvation and Mercy through Christ Jesus; and like Paul, we are called to be God's ambassadors of His Peace. 

First let us see if the word "Amnesty", as it is taken from the internet Wikipedia, and has spiritual significance in God's Salvation grace:

Amnesty (from the Greek ἀμνηστία, amnestia, meaning oblivion) is a legislative or executive act, by which a state restores those who may have been guilty of an offense against it, to the positions of innocent people.  It includes more than pardon, inasmuch as it obliterates all legal remembrance of the offense.  The word has the same root as amnesia.  Amnesty is more and more used to express freedom, and the time when prisoners can go free.

From this definitive excerpt, and by looking at the essential hermeneutical logic of the Good News of Scripture, we might agree together that amnesty, is speaking beyond a pardon, and would be more appropriately know as the obliteration of past sins, as if they had never occurred.  This amnesty is exactly what the Lord God Almighty, in His Kingdom of Righteousness, has provided through His benevolence and justice in Christ Jesus.  (See Romans 3 verse 24 thru 26.)

The Hebrew word for "pardon" is "calach" {saw-lakh'} Strong's H5545, and is found within the old testament verses, some 46 times in the English versions of the Bible.  Witness God's call to His mercy and the abundance of His "pardon": Seek the LORD while He may be found: Call upon Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  Let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him,  And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (in Greek calach). (See Isaiah 55 verse 6 thru 8.) In Luke 6 verse 37 N.A.S.B,  we read  “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.  We see that the English word "pardon" transliterated from the Greek word apoluo {ap-ol-oo'-o} Strong's G0630, meaning to set free or to set at liberty. "Apoluo" is found at least 69 times in the English versions of the Bible.  The abundance of that pardon, as in abundantly pardon, affirms our hermeneutical position that God is dispensing His Love and Mercy, through a complete "amnesty" to all who will come to Him, by accepting His terms and provisions in Christ Jesus.

It should be understood that there is an important distinction between pardon and amnesty.   Pardon is forgiveness for past offenses, but the record remains intact, where as with amnesty, there is the abolishment of the past record with complete forgetfulness of the former offences, as if they did not happen.  In God's amnesty, the old slate is wiped completely clean, and there is a new beginning of life with the Almighty's Word giving directions in His Righteousness.  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God displayed publicly (See advent Psalm 98 verse 1 thru 3.) as a propitiation in His Blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His [God's] righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over [did not judge] the sins previously committed.  (Romans 3  verse 23 thru 27.)  In Adam, all of man kind have died in the will of sin, but the Almighty God reveals His righteousness toward humanity's sins of the past by His own offering of amnesty, and thereby give a new start in life to all that believe in the victorious resurrection from the dead by God's only begotten Son Jesus Christ.  God was well pleased with Jesus/Yeshua's presentation offering of His Perfect Love and Obedience to His Father, Yahweh the Lord God Almighty. (See 1st Corinthians 15 verse 21 thru 22.) For God so Loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life. (See John 3 verse 16.)

The Infinitely Holy Lord God of creation, in His righteousness, overlooked the past sins of all of the offspring of the first Adam, too demonstrate His Righteousness.  Within the Infinite God's foreknowledge of all time, Christ Jesus, 'to be' the last Adam/Man, was crucified to death for the sins of all of man kind before the very foundation of the world was laid.  (See 1st  Peter 1 verse 19 thru 21, and Revelation 13 verse 8.) God's Word the Messiah/Christ would come in God's time and fulfill all of God's Covenant Word for the Salvation of man.  The first man Adam was made a living soul and died because of his treasonous sin; the last Adam was conceived by God's Life Giving Spirit, and because of Jesus/Yeshua's Love and Obedience to His Father God, the Christ/Messiah of God gives Life to all who would believe and follow Him in Love and Obedience.  Whosoever is born of God's Life giving Spirit in Christ Jesus overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith in Christ.

Even as Abraham was justified by His faith when the Gospel of Salvation was preached to him by the incarnate Word of God, so are all believers also justified by God through His Gift of Faith in the Messiah's sacrificial Life Blood and the redemption from death that is in Christ Jesus.  Now, as far as God is concerned, the past is past, and forgotten, and God through a person's faith in Christ Jesus, gives a new beginning of life to that person of faith, bringing about the new birth of the soul, through God's Holy Spirit.

Jesus calls to all who will hear: Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I AM meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. (Matthew 11 verse 28 thru 30.)  All that the Father gives to Me shall come to Me; and him that comes (erchomai) to to Me I will in no wise cast out. (John 6 verse 37.) For the Father seeks those who would worship Him in the Spirit and Truth of His only Begotten Son.  The hearts and minds of all those that come to the Lord will stay on the Lord, and will remain faithful to God's Provisions of Life, in His New Covenant of unmerited Grace in and through His Son, Jesus/Yeshua.

The Wisdom and Grace of God is marvelous, and yet humbling, to all who have experienced Holy God's Love and mercy towards us sinners.  In absolute reality, we were the defiling ungodly nature that the innocent Son of Man, Jesus Christ was made to be on the cross.  For Jesus Christ the Righteous, was made to be a scapegoat for us sinners.  For He [Jesus] Who knew no sin was made [on the cross, by God,] to be our sin and death that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.  (see 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 21.) Jesus Christ, born the Son of Adam (Man), suffered in the flesh of His humanity the full indignation of God's judgment towards the defilements of man kind's sin that brought violence upon Jesus Christ and caused His cruel death on the cross.  But Jesus, in His Perfect Love and Obedience to the Will of God His Father, overcame our sin and death, and in His resurrection, condemned that damnable nature of sin, in His Flesh as the Son of Man, even by that same Perfect Love and trusting obedience to His Father God. (See Romans 8 verse 2 thru 4.)  Knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dies no more; [then] death has no more dominion over Him.  But in that He died, He died unto [the violence of] sin once, but in that He lives, He lives unto God.  Likewise, reckon yourselves also, to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.  (Romans 6 verse 9 thru 12.) Now by our true confession of faith, in Jesus Christ's crucifixion death for our sin, and because of His resurrection into the Life of His Father God, we are reckoned by God, to have died in Christ Jesus, and in Christ's resurrection from the dead, the believer who was dead to God, is made alive with the Spirit of Life within our risen Savior. 

The God of all life,  is the God of the living.  Therefore, the true Gospel of Life, gives amnesty for past sins, and a new beginning of Life, that is simple and free for all to accept. 

However, God's absolute pardon or amnesty is not unconditional, but on His terms alone, even though His terms are simple.  When hearing of God's gracious offer of amnesty for past offences, then we must turn away from our own corruption of sin and death, and come and receive the liberty which God desires to give to us.  All those who respond in genuine repentance, will make a public confession of faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus.  Their confession of faith in God's Christ, releases them from those original shackles of sin and death.  For scripture says: The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is the word of faith, which we preach;  That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture says, whosoever believes on Him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 10 verse 8 thru 11.) Now those given amnesty should finalize their New Covenant of Grace with the signature of water baptism to publically show that they are in full agreement with God Almighty.

To Yahweh God Almighty, Water Baptism is not a symbolic gesture, but is of His Holy Spirit that is One with the Serum Water and Blood that flowed from the side of of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Through the Holy Spirit of Truth, the separated Serum Water of the Blood that flowed from the Fountain of Life, separates us from our old life, and expunges all sins of the past and that which was associated with their old Adamic nature, thereby giving that person a new right standing with God. (To understand the significance of Water Baptism through the Holy Spirit then see The Fountain of Living Water). IN God's amnesty program of Grace, the former past of the one baptized into Serum Water of the Spirit, will never come before God to accuse that person again of those earlier wrongs with their acts of treason.  All those that come fully to the Lord Jesus Christ, with their declaration of repentance and faith, He will not refuse, and because of their agreement with Holy God's New Blood Covenant, God gives to them His Holy Spirit of Truth.  God's Holy Spirit of Grace then seals their souls in the New Covenant Blood, and with Christ's Blood, The Almighty's Spirit of Life will lead and sanctify those who will follow in the Way of the Life of Christ that is paved in His Love.  For Jesus says, If you love Me, [then] keep My Commandments: And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of Truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless:  I will come to you. (See John 14 verse 15 thru 21.)

In Adam's earthly defiled nature, death reigns IN all of humanity; but contrary wise, all those IN Christ who believe IN the Lord Jesus, through their public confession, and return to God, are made alive unto God.  With our repentance from sin, and our stated faith in Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection, we have signified in baptism that we have fully accept God's gracious provisions of the amnesty that He has extended to us through our faith in His Word. (See Luke 24 verse 44 thru 48 and also Acts 17 verse 30 thru 31.) That you put off concerning the former conversation of the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after [created in the image of] God, is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4 verse 22 thru 24.)  In putting on the new man, it is a new beginning of life, for those who abdicate their old willful ways, and then follow the Way, the Truth and the Life of Jesus Christ.  For it is written; Everyone that confesses the Name of the Lord, must depart from wickedness (that is the iniquity ingrained within the roots of our willful minds). (2nd Timothy 2 verse 19.). With one's ongoing desire of repentance within the spirit of their minds, it is apparent that, as far as God is concerned, all of the past sins, no matter how atrocious, are not only forgiven with one's repentance and confession of faith, but are totally wiped clean through the Blood of Christ's atonement, as if they had never occurred. 

Before we go any further:

There are several disclaimers and several good instructions that needs to be noted.  First, the penal requirements of any earthly governmental, or civil judicial laws that are deemed broken by the old man of the flesh, may be enforced by society accordingly.  From this point on, the new justified person in Christ, is to take responsibility, and be accountable for their own actions, done in the flesh of the old man.  Hear what the Prophet Micah speaks to us in chapter 6 verse 8; "He has showed thee O man, what is good, and what the LORD does require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God".  Therefore the wise in heart, who would see eternal Life, would adhere to the Lord's call to the daily cross, with its denial of the selfish old idolatrous man, and to put on the new Man in Christ Jesus, who is called into the Law of God's Love. (See Mark 8 verse 34.) For thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:  And these words which I command thee shall be in thy heart.  This is the First Commandment. (Deuteronomy 6 verse 3 thru 7.) And the second is of like manner, namely this: Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. (Deuteronomy 10 verse 18 thru 19.) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (See Matthew 22 verse 36 thru 40.) But then again, Christ Jesus gives a new Commandment that expands the heart of the second great Commandment.  A new Commandment I give unto you; That you Love/Agapao one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

God's Love/Agapao needs to begin to be manifested within the heart and soul of our being.  Without repentance, or a change in the direction of the heart towards the Almighty God and His Kingdom people, then a person's continuous willful, idolatrous sin will leave them imprisoned and chained to death.  God's gift of amnesty, with its implied justification of a person, is made void through a willful  heart that continues in disobedience, for the Spirit of God is absent from all wickedness.  A person can not interpret God's goodness, so as to justify their own sin, and maintain the continuance of their own wicked desires.  God is not mocked, nor shortsighted, for from Eternity, the Infinite sees the desires and directions of the individual hearts of all people. (See Galatians 6 verse 7 thru 8.)

The Word of God gives a warning to the wayward: Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: For I will not justify the wicked. (Exodus 23 verse 7.)

If a person loves their sin, and continues in it, then they will remain imprisoned to their sin, and may not see the freedom that God offers through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.  That promised new freedom, in God's gift of amnesty, establishes a line of demarcation for the sin's of the past life, and begins a fresh new life with one's ongoing repentance from the demands of the old self.   Our word of faith, given in our baptism, signifies a change to the heart, where the Love of God through His Spirit of Grace, little by little begins to overthrow the willful desires of sin in our flesh.  Again we hear Jesus say to those that proclaim a love for Him:  Take up your cross daily and deny your selfish desires and follow Me

God's love and mercy, is in concert with the Scripture's Good News of amnesty, that is extended to all who come to God, in repentance with faith in God's atoning mercy, that He gives in His Son's Life sustaining Blood.   Now then, the free new born person of the Spirit of God, should understand that there is a brand new beginning, for our former offenses have been tossed into God's sea of forgetfulness, as referenced in Micah 7 verse 19.  Let us listen to this Word concerning God's mercy toward us sinners: "He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea".  Because of the sacrificial Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, God willingly has amnesia for our confessed and repented past offences.  Again, we hear comfort from the Living Word of God: For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear [worship] Him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear [worship] Him.  For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.  (Psalm 103 verse 11 thru 14.)

God knows that our flesh is weak, for it is formed of the dust of the earth, and tends to return to earthly diversions.  But we can trust Yahweh, the Almighty with His mercy, and the Sovereignty of His Word, to uphold His Covenant Provisions of righteousness for the believer, who seeks to worship Him in Spirit and Truth.  If we walk in the Light as He is the Light, [then] we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanses us from all condemnation of sin.

The strength of sin is in the Law's condemnation of unrighteousness, but now with faith in Christ Jesus, God's New Covenant of Perfect Love supplants the condemnation of sin leading to the second death.  Now, the power of God's Love, is sealed in the born again souls of the earthly, by God's Holy Spirit with the righteous poured out Life Blood of the Son of Man, Jesus the Christ of God.  God's beloved Son, as the Son of Man/Adam, perfectly Loves His Father of Holy Righteousness, and overcame the condemnation of the Just Law by His sinless life.  That Holy Life was made evident with Christ's bodily resurrection from the dead.  His Perfect Love and trusting obedience to His Father, obliterated all fear of the wrath of sin that was to come upon Him.  There is no fear in Love/Agapao; but perfect Love casts out all fear; because fear has torment.  He that fears is not made perfect in love. (See 1st John 4 verse 17 thru 19.) With Jesus Christ willingly sacrificing His sinless life on the cross, the just God of the living, in accepting Christ's perfect sacrifice, then demonstrated His eternal power, by resurrecting the Son of Man, Jesus Christ from the dead.   From the beginning of creation, God's purpose was the justification of human sinners, who would agree by faith to live by God's Covenant of Love within the Life of His resurrected Son. 

God's Covenant of Grace was established at the Passover Table of our Lord when Jesus said: Take and drink all of you: For this is My Blood of the New Covenant shed for many for the remission of sin.  God extends His Covenant of Grace in our High Priest, Christ Jesus, through His Body and Blood Provisions ministered by and through His Holy Spirit of Grace.

When we sense in our being that our love/agapao of God, and that of our fellow man is faltering within us, then it is because that our own self love has again, been set as first in priority.  But God has provided in His Covenant Word, to those of a repentant heart, a restoration of our soul and spirit through the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion.  God, knowing our flesh, is faithful and just to absolve and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.  Majestic God's Provisions, in His Amnesty, is to maintain an on going fellowship of Love/Agapoa with God and His Son, and with the members of Christ's Body.  For all of those who say they love God, they will have issues and struggles with the flesh, but even so, we need to understand that God, in His Amnesty Program, has set forth all of His gracious provisions within His Son's sacrifice of Perfect Love, and those sanctifying Provisions are forever established within Jesus Christ, as God's Word of Truth and Salvation.  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My Blood of the New  Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."  This Cup of God's unmitigated Grace is Holy, and is to be received in Holy Faith and Thanksgiving to Almighty God; for the very Life that is in the Blood of Jesus Christ, is the very Life that is of the Holy Spirit, Who raised Christ Jesus from the dead.  The Life of the Spirit of Holiness, is God's Covenant Promise within us that will raise us from the dead, into God's Kingdom.

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